Sony Ericsson Z750i review:

Sony Ericsson Z750i

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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Good screen; great keypad; excellent music player; HSDPA (3.5G).

The Bad 2.0-megapixel camera; awkward design.

The Bottom Line The Z750i isn't exactly going to set the world alight, but it's easy to use, has a good music player and an impressive screen. Those looking for a budget 3G handset should definitely check it out

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7.5 Overall

With its mirrored finish and attention-grabbing colour scheme, Sony Ericsson is obviously aiming the Z750i at the style-conscious. This handset has substance too, however, thanks to its decent onboard music player, GPS and speedy HSDPA support. Our phone was supplied by 3, which offers the handset for free on most contracts.

The Z750i is available in either purple or silver, and as both variations have a mirrored finish, the handset certainly stands out from the crowd. The front of the phone also has a small OLED screen that remains hidden beneath the mirrored finish until you receive a call or start up the phone's music player when it suddenly springs into life. The screen only shows a single line of large text, but it's still useful and looks quite neat.

Flip the handset open and you'll be greeted by the excellent main screen. Not only is it large and brightly lit, but it also has a high resolution of 320x240 pixels, so pictures and text look crisp and sharp.

Sony Ericsson seems to be forever experimenting with different shaped keys for its ever more elaborate keypad designs. The Z750i is an exception to this rule, though. Its keypad is unusually spacious and has traditional, large and responsive keys that are a joy to text with. You also get dedicated call answer and hang up buttons along with three short cut keys and two soft buttons.

The phone supports HSDPA (3.5G) for fast download speeds and has twin cameras so you can use it to make video calls. It also has a built-in GPS chip and although there's no navigation software included, there is a link provided in the Location Services menu to Google Maps that can use the GPS coordinates from the phone to pinpoint your location. The chip seemed a little bit slow to lock on to our location when outdoors, however, and couldn't get a signal at all indoors.

Naturally Bluetooth is present too for transferring files to a laptop and there's 32MB of built-in memory. 3 supplies the handset with a 128MB M2 Memory Stick for storing pictures and music tracks.

As we've come to expect from Sony Ericsson phones, the handset's music player is excellent. It's very similar to the one found on the company's Walkman range of handsets, so track navigation is a cinch and the sound quality is top-notch.

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